Apple Fritter French Toast

LAST UPDATED: May 12, 2020 | PUBLISHED: May 07, 2012 | By: Julie Blanner

This amazing Apple Fritter French Toast is made with thick slices of apple fritter bread soaked in a delicious custard, crisped to golden brown and topped with a sweet orange butter. It’s quick and easy – ready in just 10 minutes with hints of vanilla and cinnamon the whole family will love.

Close up shot of apple fritter french bread, pats of butter on top and syrup being poured.

*This post was originally published on May 7, 2012 and updated May 7, 2020. Scroll down to see the original photos – you’ll find that my photography skills have certainly improved!

I discovered Apple Fritter French Toast at one of my favorite brunch spots. It’s an incredible twist on classic French Toast.

It has all of the sweet flavor of apple fritter with the custardy texture of french toast you can’t help but love.

Why You’ll Love this Apple Fritter French Toast

A sweet orange butter makes it out of this world delicious! It’s the easy restaurant quality breakfast – at home, you’ll make again and again!

A white plate with slices of apple fritter french bread.

After you make this, good luck convincing your family to go out to brunch again! It’s simply amazing with orange butter, you don’t even need (or want) syrup!

You get thick, flavorful bites of apple and orange flavor, bursting with sweetness and a touch of salty butter. It’s the easiest, most delicious breakfast treat!

A white plate with slices of apple fritter french bread.

Apple Fritter French Toast Ingredients

For French Toast

  • Apple Fritter Bread – Purchase Archer Farms at Target, SB Apple Fritter Bread at Giant, or you can use apple fritters purchased in the bakery of your grocer. You can also use this Apple Cinnamon Bread recipe.A loaf of apple fritter bread, sliced.
  • Eggs – a requirement for french toast. It builds that thick, craveable crust!
  • Half and Half – I find half and half, rather than cream or 2% makes the best custard for the toast. But you can make this French toast with whatever you have on hand. It browns evenly without being soggy in the middle. You can use skim milk, whole milk, almond milk, coconut milk and achieve amazing flavor.
  • Vanilla – I like to add a little vanilla extract for added flavor.
Close up shot of apple fritter french bread.

Orange Butter

  • Butter – Use softened butter so that it’s easy to combine. Unsalted is preferred.
  • Grand Marnier – An orange liqueur that really adds a hit of flavor.
  • Sugar – Use a fine white sugar so that it dissolves easily.
  • Orange Juice – Use freshly squeezed orange juice for the best flavor. You can also add the zest for a thicker butter and more robust flavor.
A white plate with slices of apple fritter french bread.

How To Make Apple Fritter French Toast

  1. Make The Butter – Combine ingredients until well incorporated.squeezing orange over butter in a bowl
  2. Make the Custard – Also known as egg wash. Combine egg, milk and vanilla in a baking dish to minimize cleanup.custard in baking dish
  3. Soak – Add the bread and soak for 20 seconds on each side. french toast in baking dish
  4. Fry – In a non-stick pan, skillet or griddle over medium heat cook about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
  5. Serve – Serve immediately with the sweet orange butter.
A white plate with slices of apple fritter french bread, syrup pouring over the top.

Tips

  • Mix The Custard Well – Be sure to whisk together the ingredients for the custard together really well so that everything is well combined. Make sure that there are no egg whites visible.
  • Don’t Under-Soak The Bread – You need to allow the bread to soak up the liquid, so it gets a soft an custardy center. Let it sit for at least 20 seconds, and apply a little pressure with your hands to soak up as much as possible.
  • Preheat Your Pan – Make sure your pan is hot when you put in the bread, otherwise the custard will seep out. The pan shouldn’t be so hot that it burns the outside before the middle has had a chance to cook.
  • Minimize Cleanup – Mix custard in the dish you’ll be dipping bread in!
A white plate with slices of apple fritter french bread.

What to Serve with French Toast

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Fruit
  • Syrup
  • Honey
  • Butter or Orange Butter
A white plate with slices of apple fritter french bread.
A white plate with slices of apple fritter french bread.

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Close up of Apple Fritter French Toast on a plate
Apple Fritter French Toast served in. a white plate with butter

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Close up shot of apple fritter french bread, pats of butter on top and syrup being poured.

Apple Fritter French Toast

Julie Blanner
This delicious apple fritter French toast is the perfect lazy weekend brunch treat! Ready in just 10 minutes, it makes for a great Mother's Day treat for the whole family. Served with a sweet orange butter.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 500 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the butter

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • juice of one wedge of orange or for thicker butter, zest of half an orange

For the french toast

  • apple fritter bread available at Target, Archer Farms or unglazed apple fritters
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Instructions
 

For the butter

  • Combine the butter, Grand Marnier, sugar and orange juice and set aside.

For the toast

  • Combine eggs, half and half and vanilla.
  • Pour the custard mixture into a 9×13 pan
  • Add your bread and allow to soak about 20 seconds and flip and soak for another 20 seconds.
  • Cook in a non-stick pan on medium until golden brown and flip to brown the other side.
  • Serve with the orange butter

Notes

Tips and Notes

  • Mix The Custard Well – Be sure to whisk together the ingredients for the custard together really well so that everything is well combined. Make sure that there are no egg whites visible.
  • Don’t Under-Soak The Bread – You need to allow the bread to soak up the liquid, so it gets a soft an custardy center. Let it sit for at least 20 seconds, and apply a little pressure with your hands to soak up as much as possible.
  • Preheat Your Pan – Make sure your pan is hot when you put in the bread, otherwise the custard will seep out. The pan shouldn’t be so hot that it burns the outside before the middle has had a chance to cook.
  • Minimize Cleanup – Mix custard in the dish you’ll be dipping bread in!

What to Serve with French Toast

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Fruit
  • Syrup
  • Honey
  • Butter or Orange Butter

Nutrition

Calories:500kcalCarbohydrates:45gProtein:10gFat:30gSaturated Fat:18gCholesterol:154mgSodium:537mgPotassium:197mgFiber:2gSugar:19gVitamin A:957IUVitamin C:7mgCalcium:128mgIron:2mg
Keywords apple french toast, easy french toast
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